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Low-cost, Striped and Shared Storage Based on SATA and Ethernet Technology (December 11, 2006)

DMN Newswire--2006-12-11--Small Tree Communications, the high-speed interconnect leader for Apple Mac OS X, has today significantly expanded its product portfolio with the addition of ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) storage products. AoE is a standard technology based on a very simple specification that has been developed and tested well in the Linux marketplace. The new products come with a choice of pre-configured JBOD and RAID options and a Mac-like management GUI that allows them to plug-and-play out of the box.  

?The real benefit for our customers lies in the striped performance that can be achieved across multiple Gigabit Ethernet links between clients and servers, said Steve Modica, Small Trees Chief Technical Officer. ?Today, people buy our multi-port Gigabit Ethernet cards to increase the aggregate bandwidth between their shared storage server and their network switch, but in many cases what they really want is to get striped Gigabit performance between their client Macs and the shared storage. AoE is the first technology available to Mac users that allows sustained performance in the 150-300MB/s range at a reasonable cost. 


Small Tree is now able to provide a complete portfolio of NICs, switches and RAID product to video, audio and post processing customers who want to add shared storage to their Mac OS X workstations. AoE allows Xserve, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac and MacBook users to share storage arrays on a dedicated network along with legacy PowerPC based systems.

?With AoE there is no requirement for a server, which has typically been a performance bottleneck for customers who want to stream HD video to several clients at the same time, said Derek Robb, Small Tree Vice-President of Sales and Business Development. ?Removing the server and all the fibre channel technology from the solution makes it much more affordable and manageable for the average Mac customer. 

About Small Tree Communications

Small Tree is dedicated to providing unique leading edge enterprise networking solutions for Apple Mac OS X.  With world-class high-performance computing experience from its
team of networking and kernel developers, Small Tree brings new technology peripheral products to meet the demanding application requirements of Mac customers.  Small Tree also provides contracted programming services for the Department of Defense.  For more information about the company and its products, please call 1-866-STC4MAC or visit

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